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Chemical Contamination Hits Water Supply in USA

12th Jan, 2014

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12th January 2014

Hundreds of thousands of water company customers in the USA are facing a fourth day without their tap water supply of drinking water. Charleston, West Virginia residents have been told that it could be days before its was safe to drink their tap water again. A harmful chemical 4-methylcyclohexane methanol or MCHM which is used in coal processing had leaked from an industrial storage tank that contaminated the local river which is used for the local water supply.

Emergency plans have been implemented following the hospital checks on at least 122 people who reported symptoms including nausea and vomiting. Agencies involved in the incident include the Chemical Safety Board, the State Department of Environmental protection and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The operator of the chemical plant – Freedom Industries Inc. produces speciality chemicals for the mining steel and cement industries and was founded in 1986. The Charleston plant, Etowah River Terminal, is located on the Elk River and has 4 million gallons of storage capacity. The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has issued a Notice of Violation to Freedom Industries following and escape of MCHM into the air. Following complaints from the public on January 9th 2014 inspectors discovered the source of the odours was from a leaking Crude MCHM tank and that there had been no attempts for containment of the spillage. The site was also instructed to immediately conduct integrity testing of all the above ground structures and bunding on site. An investigation team of safety inspectors from the Chemical Safety Board are to arrive on site on the morning of Monday 13th January and are charged with looking into all aspect of chemical accidents, including physical causes such as equipment failure as well as inadequacies in safety management systems.

West Virginia American Water, the operators of the water works and distribution system have issued “Do Not Use Water Notices” and are implementing a concentric circle flushing program beginning at a central location and moving to the far ends of the water distribution system. The parent company American Water supplies an estimated 14 million people in more that 30 US states and Canada.

Sources
Chemical Safety Board http://www.csb.gov/csb-deploys-to-chemical-spill-in-charleston-wv/
Freedom Industries Inc. http://www.freedom-industries.com/home.html
West Virginia American Water http://www.amwater.com/wvaw/about-us/news.html
West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection http://www.dep.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx
West Virginia Saturday Gazette-Mail http://www.wvgazette.com/News/201401100100

EUSR National Water Hygiene Card – (Blue Card for Water)

20th Jan, 2011

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We are taking bookings for Open Courses

Renewing your card this year? Contact us for competitive quotes email – info@waterhygienecard.co.uk

In house – Training courses available. EUSR registration extra. (discounts for group bookings)
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We provide good quality training, at a time and location of your choice.
The Company specialises in National Water Hygiene Card Training for companies that require the ‘blue card’ for working on ‘restricted activities’ either water treatment or construction where they may come into contact with potable water. The scheme is administered by Energy and Utility Skills and those who pass the entry requirements and examination are admitted to the Energy and Utility Skills Register (EUSR). The cards are valid for a period of three years.

We can provide training at your offices or workshops locations. Contact us for more information.

How long does the water hygiene card course last?

The course last about three hours and includes discussion, an EUSR PowerPoint presentation followed by a short relatively simple test.

Where is the course held?
It can be held at your workplace or at any location where it is possible to talk through the slides and materials in a reasonable manner.

What are the ideal numbers of attendees?
The maximum number is twelve per half day course, the minimum is one. If large numbers require training we can usually train twenty-four per day or we can bring in extra tutors if required for larger sites.

What is the cost of the course cost?
Rates are variable depending on numbers and locations – Training Costs per person vary on the numbers. If you would like a quotation please fill in the call back form and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Do you run any other courses?
Yes, we offer EUSR Safety Health and Environmental Awareness Courses known as the SHEA Passport Course.

We also have access to a wider group of associates that can advise on specific or complex issues.
In a hurry? – When can we run your training course? Just ask on 07901 726 419

We can run courses in the daytime but we also have flexibility and are able to run courses in the evening or at weekends and at short notice. We know that often customers need these cards quickly to get a specific job completed at short notice – so if you need training in a hurry ring us on 07901 726 419 seven days a week. We once delivered a course with just two hours notice.

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